When I graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in May, I knew I was ending a chapter and beginning a new journey as a recent college graduate. While it was difficult leaving the familiar; John Jay College, friends, and family, I decided to join the PULSE program in Pittsburgh, PA. PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh. They invite recent, college graduates (like myself) to partner with local nonprofits for a year of service and leadership.
I became excited about the PULSE program because it not only allows me the opportunity to work and live in another state but it also gives me the chance to help build and influence members of the a community similar to what I am accustomed to. The opportunity to work with a wide range of people from different backgrounds was something I did not want to miss out on. My interest in public service, specifically community enrichment, started in my native country Guyana. My hope for the year is to make an impact in as many lives as possible.
Part of my first task as a PULSE participant is to assemble a team of people who will support me in this work. I realize that I can’t do this work alone, that I need others to come alongside me and partner with me. Would you please consider supporting me in this work? I am in the process of raising a minimum of $2500 to cover expenses for this year of service and leadership. Your support will help impact the lives of Pittsburgh’s most vulnerable.
Thank you for your continued investment in my life and in the life of PULSE.
Renee Toney 2018-19 PULSE PARTICIPANT